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Bathurst 1000 Edition
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AT MOUNT PANORAMA
The Bathurst Regional Council will
honour Australia’s pioneering motor-
ing journalist Bill Tuckey by naming
the media centre at Mount Panorama
after the automotive identity.
Tuckey passed away aged 80 in May.
He played a major role in planting the
seeds for motoring sections in major
newspapers. An official ceremony to
unveil a plaque honouring Tuckey
is scheduled for Thursday October
6, ahead of this year’s edition of the
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Tuckey’s widow Marcia, son Stuart
and daughter Elisabeth are expected
to attend the official ceremony over-
seen by Bathurst mayor Cr Gary Rush.
Earlier this year the council also
paid tribute to one of the Bathurst
1000’s most underrated heroes,
leader and founder of the TAFE
Smash Repair Team Tony Warrener.
A Bathurst institution thanks
to years of rebuilding seemingly
unrepairable cars in time to make
the start of the Bathurst 1000, the
iconic program formerly headed by
Warrener was shut down after the
2010 race due to a shortage of funds
but was recently reinstated.
The tributes follow the formal
acknowledgment of the enduring
service of late race director Ivan
Stibbard, who had an inextricable link
with the event from 1973 to 1998.
Stibbard, who died aged 76 in
2014, has a grandstand named in his
honour at Harris Park.
From August 29, Penguin is pub-
lishing a soft-cover version of the
best-selling book by Gordon Lomas,
Bathurst: Celebrating 75 years of racing
at Mount Panorama.
Lomas, Speedcafe.com editor-in-
chief, is currently authoring a second
Bathurst book that will reveal fresh
stories and scandals on many of the
Bathurst 1000s from the 1960s to
present day. It’s scheduled for publica-
tion on August 1, 2017.
HOW McLAUGHLIN GOT
TO DJR TEAM PENSKE...
DJR Team Penske’s long courtship of Scott
McLaughlin began with an enthusiastic
introduction from Marcos Ambrose.
McLaughlin signed a multi-year deal
to drive the #17 DJR Team Penske entry
from 2017, in the biggest move of the silly
Team Penske president Tim Cindric
expanded on his squad’s pursuit of the driver.
“The interest initially started with Marcos
Ambrose,” explained Cindric.
“Marcos had mentioned to Roger and I
that if there was ever an opportunity to sign
a second driver at some point in time, he
said you guys need to keep an eye on this
kid named Scott McLaughlin.
“At that point I didn’t really know
much about him. I knew he was in a new
Volvo team, but Marcos was quite high on
what he’d accomplished in the Dev Series
(Dunlop Series) and some of the other
things he’d done.
“He felt that as a young up and coming
driver, he was the one to really look at. At
that point there wasn’t an opportunity to
do much. We were committed to a single-
car effort (for 2015).
“It’s been well documented how we tran-
sitioned from Marcos to Scott Pye (during
the early stages of 2015).
“But along the way as we looked at
making our driver choice for 2016, I reached
out to Garry Rogers and asked what Scott’s
status was for 2016 and beyond.
“He made it quite clear that Scott wasn’t
available for 2016 and we moved forward
then with our signings (Fabian Coulthard
“Quite honestly, I wasn’t sure how that
was all going to work out (with McLaughlin
for 2017) until the Volvo thing (announcing
its impending split with Rogers) transpired.
“At that point in time we reconnected with
Scott and were able to put this deal together
and actually sign the paperwork.”
Scott McLaughlin says he wants to win a
Supercars Championship and a Supercheap
Auto Bathurst 1000 before looking to race
for Team Penske in the United States.
Moving to DJR Team Penske for 2017
raises the prospect of future opportunities for
McLaughlin in NASCAR, where the American
outfit also runs a two-car Ford team.
McLaughlin has previously expressed
his desire to race
in the stock car
himself to several
teams and drivers
during a trip to
New Hampshire in
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